December 11, 1998 |
New York Met Manager Bobby Valentine admits he made a "bad guess" when he speculated Todd Hundley blamed him for being replaced by Mike Piazza on "an Italian thing." Hundley, dealt to the Dodgers last week, has said Valentine had it in for him. "Todd does a lot of that stuff," Valentine told the Madison Square Garden Network in an interview broadcast Thursday. "It's an Italian thing. He thinks that I would do something because he's not Italian or because I am Italian. I think that's ridiculous."
April 12, 1987 |
The ball was catchable. It came out of the lights at a high arc, and the left fielder thought he had a bead on it. He felt the warning track crunch under his spikes, but he kept going. He saw at the last minute that he was going to have to climb the chain-link fence to get to it, but he didn't even hesitate. He got to the ball, all right. He got a glove on it, but it popped right out and flopped over the fence. Bobby Valentine thought "Damn! I gave up a home run!"
January 1, 1993 |
Davey Johnson and Bobby Valentine, former managers who interviewed for the job won by Tony Perez, were hired by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday in scouting and advisory roles. Johnson, former manager of the New York Mets, was named the Reds' major league consultant, a job that includes scouting teams during spring training. Valentine, former manager of the Texas Rangers, was named advance scout and adviser for player personnel. "I'd love to manage.
October 13, 1989 |
A videotape the Toronto Blue Jays claim shows Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley trying to hide something down his pants last Sunday has been sent to American League president Bobby Brown and to the baseball commissioner's office, it was reported Thursday. Jays publicist Howard Starkman said there "was some incriminating evidence" on the tape. "We happen to have a video showing very clearly that Eckersley picked something up and stuck it down the front of his pants," Starkman said.
June 12, 1999 |
Now that the National League has seen through his disguise, Bobby Valentine admits he was the mysterious man in the mustache but says he never went back to his team's dugout. The New York Met manager was suspended for two games and fined $5,000 by the league for returning to the dugout in a disguise after being ejected from Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
July 4, 2010
Monday through Wednesday: vs. Florida Marlins Thursday through Sunday: vs. Chicago Cubs No sooner had the Baltimore Orioles talked to Bobby Valentine about their managerial vacancy than the Florida Marlins fired their manager, Fredi Gonzalez . Valentine told the Orioles to move on without him, and he reportedly told friends he expected to sign a four-year deal with the Marlins. It never happened, and Valentine told ESPN last week the process was "very disturbing, confusing and … insulting at times."
October 20, 2000 |
Tom Lasorda spoke cautiously Thursday because the Dodgers are seeking a manager, Bobby Valentine is unsigned and the New York Mets are watching. Lasorda praised his longtime friend on the eve of Valentine's leading the Mets against the New York Yankees in the first Subway Series since 1956, beginning Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. Lasorda reveled in anecdotes about his protege, but some Valentine topics are off limits.
July 10, 1992 |
Keeping the Texas Rangers in competition in the American League West wasn't enough for Manager Bobby Valentine to keep his job. The Rangers fired Valentine on Thursday after more than seven years on the job. "Six-and-a-half games back and not playing very well in a season we thought we ought to be in contention. I think we were losing ground with the field," Ranger managing general partner George W. Bush said.
June 7, 1999 |
General Manager Steve Phillips of the New York Mets insists he didn't fire three coaches to send his manager a message, but Bobby Valentine isn't so sure. "I don't have to be told anything," Valentine said before Sunday's 7-2 victory over the New York Yankees. "I know I am not doing my job as good as I should be. I don't need a message when we are one game under .500 with a $70 million payroll. We're not doing the job we need to do."